Advocacy Day Resources
The 2016 WAND and SNA-WI Legislative Advocacy Day was held on March 16th. Participants had an opportunity to meet with their state legislators to discuss key nutrition policies, promote the benefits of the RDN and DTR professions, and discuss WAND's legislative priorities. Here are the documents that were reviewed and distributed during the meetings:
RDN fact sheet
DACB issue paper
Nutrition education issue paper
School breakfast funding issue paper
Advocacy Day Introduction - View presentation (12:41)
Cassandra Vanderwall, MS, RD, CD, CDE, CPT, LDN
Legislative Advocacy Training for Future RDNs - View Presentation (20:11)
Michael Welsh, JD - Hoven Consulting, Inc.
Preparing Your Elevator Speech - View Presentation (12:04)
Denice Nycz, RD, CSG, CD, HFS
Public Policy & Advocacy Committee Strategic Plan (2015-2016)
Bring your Legislator to Work Campaign
Join WAND leadership this fall in the Bring your Legislator to Work campaign. Build strong working relationships with your state (local) lawmakers that will help WAND make a difference in the legislative arena. Your participation will not only strengthen the RD (and DTR) profession but will help pass nutrition-related legislation that will assist you and your fellow WAND members improve the health of Wisconsin citizens!
To participate, fill out and submit the attached form or contact WAND's government affairs consultant, Michael Welsh, directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Find Your Legislator
Visit the following for additional information on state and national offices:
Wisconsin's State Health Plan: Healthiest Wisconsin 2020
Wisconsin State Health Plan:Healthiest Wisconsin 2020 Healthiest Wisconsin will become the policy road map to protect health and safety, eliminate inequities in health, and transform our public health system to achieve our shared vision of Healthy People in Healthy and Safe Wisconsin communities. This plan recognizes the partnerships between public and private organizations with common interests. This project is in the initial planning stages.
Public Policy and Advocacy Resources
Grassroots Advocacy Guidebook
The guidebook provides an overview of each public policy panel position and tools useful to the public policy panel.
CQ State Track
The Academy provides this customizable state service so that member leaders can be up-to-date on state legislative and regulatory issues that affect affiliate members. This resource is available on the Academy’s advocacy website. www.eatright.org/advocacy
Academy Advocacy Website
Our Policy Initiatives and Advocacy Web site provides updates on current policy activities. www.eatright.org/advocacy
Health Care Reform Website
This website provides resources specific to health care reform so that your Public Policy Panel can help make a difference for public health in your state! http://www.eatright.org/healthcarereform/
Eat Right Weekly
Published electronically every Wednesday afternoon, this communication provides a summary of current government actions and activities across the nation that affects Academy members. All members receive a copy.
The Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
Each month there is an article about a current public policy issue. Look for it in the Public Policy News pages. Academy members have free access to the online database by logging onto the Academy website at www.eatright.org and accessing the Journal website via the Member Center. Search for “public policy” to find articles relevant to your needs.
Academy Policy Initiatives and Advocacy Team in Washington, D.C.
Contact the Washington staff at 800/877-0877 with questions and ideas.
Library of Congress Website
Congress.gov is the official website for U.S. federal legislative information. The site provides access to accurate, timely and complete legislative information for Members of Congress, legislative agencies and the public. It is presented by the Library of Congress (LOC) using data from the Office of the Clerk of the U.S. House of Representatives, the Office of the Secretary of the Senate, the Government Printing Office, Congressional Budget Office and the LOC's Congressional Research Service. Congress.gov is usually updated the morning after a session adjourns. https://www.congress.gov/
State Legislature Website
Each state has a website for its state legislative body. It is a resource for contact information for your state legislators and additional content. Search online to find your state legislature’s home page. You can also try http://www.ncsl.org/public/leglinks.cfm.
State Medicaid Office Website
Find the website for your state Medicaid office to utilize their resources and program data. The National Association of State Medicaid Directors also keeps an updated list of state Medicaid Directors at www.nasmd.org/about/NASMD_Member_List.rtf.
Council of State Governments
This organization provides state officials in all three branches of government with the tools and strategies needed to implement effective policies and programs. They also work to build partnerships between governing entities and promote multi-state and regional cooperative ventures. http://www.csg.org/
State Administrative Register
Each state publishes a register listing regulatory actions and requests for comments so you can get involved in current state activities. In most states, it is a free, electronic publication; although, some states may publish only in paper form. Search your state government website to subscribe to this publication. You can access the URL for your state register at http://www.eatright.org/Members/content.aspx?id=884.